Trying out? Here’s some advice

I’ve collected a number of links from around the internet that I think have great things to say about trying out. I’ve pulled out a few quotes from each article that I think get to the key points, but I’d recommend opening the links and reading the articles to get the full picture. Three of the articles are from The Huddle, a now defunct web magazine with lots of interesting ultimate information.

  1. Trying out? Here’s some advice, by Calise Cardenas.

    … But even if you do all of those things, there is still no guarantee that you will make this squad. You should absolutely be doing all of those things, if you’re able, but it won’t get you on [Crash].

    If you want to give yourself the best possible chance of making it, here’s what you do:

    • Play smart, aggressive defense
    • Be a good teammate

    The first bit of advice is quantifiable, which makes it infinitely more useful. The second bit, however, is just as important. Some quick guidelines if you’re having trouble with the phrase “good teammate”: be a helpful sideline presence, be supportive of other tryouts, and don’t assume that you’re better than anyone. Being bummed when you turn the disc over is natural, but know how to bounce back (namely by playing great defense).

    It is possible to make up for deficiencies in these two categories with excellent throws, perfect offense, speed, or any number of super powers, but I suggest you work on these two things. Play great defense. Be a good teammate.

  2. Perspective from The Team & From a Player, by Ben Wiggins.

    Any young player that wants to improve should be trying out for any team possible. Tryout ultimate is typically intense, cheap, and with players that you don’t normally play with. This can be an amazing opportunity to improve …

    If you are invested in making the team, you should know the answer to this question: What is the point of the entire tryout process? It isn’t to be fair, and it isn’t to give everyone an equal chance. It darn sure is not to find the best 24 players. The point of tryouts is to WIN GAMES …

    If you ever come to a point in a tryout practice where you aren’t sure whether you should give full effort or not…win. Returning players have a history of success on the team, and will be excused for their inability to get up for practices to some extent. You, however, do not have this history. Win drills, win games.

    The team is trying to pick a team that will win games. If you show yourself to be a player that will give them their best chance of winning, they should take you. This is very different than trying to be their 23rd best player. If you don’t make the team, and spend your time thinking about how you are, in fact, better than player #24…you missed the point.

  3. Play to your best, tone down the rest, by Lou Burruss

    You have to ask yourself, “What do I do that is great?” This is your ticket onto a team. For most young players, this is blue-collar Ultimate: tough D, swing passes and safe choices. If what you have to offer is something different (big throws, great receivership), then showcase those skills.

  4. Go after similar, more experienced players by Greg Husak

    Guard the returners who do your thing as often as possible. If you can do their thing better than them, that’s going to be apparent if you are guarding them. If you’re making them work harder than usual, that will get filtered up to decision-makers. If you’re getting schooled, you’ll at least know why you didn’t make the team and will have hopefully learned something from a better player than you.

I think these four articles contain a lot of good, general, advice about tryouts. We’ll be posting more specifics about what we’ll be looking for at Crash tryouts in the upcoming weeks.

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